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Elected to Congress in 1978, Newt Gingrich quickly became one of the most transformative figures in modern American politics. By employing calculated campaigns against political opponents and casting himself as a savior in a battle between good and evil, Gingrich led the Republican Party to reclaim the House majority for the first time in decades. Historian Julian Zelizer explores how Gingrich forged a legacy that reverberates to the present day, from the Contract with America to the rise of the Tea Party to the election of Donald J. Trump.
Julian E. Zelizer is Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University, a CNN political analyst, and the author of Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party. Jonathan Alter (moderator) is an award-winning author, reporter, columnist, and television producer and analyst.
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